Excerpt from Ranching in the Canadian West: A Few Hints to Would-Be Stock-Raisers Raisers on the Care of Cattle, Horses, and Sheep
Ranching, as carried on in the Canadian West, is an entirely different business from that of Argentina, Mexico, Texas, Australia, or, indeed, anywhere that I have heard of in the world where the country is suitable for the purpose. In the countries just mentioned huge tracts are purchased and fenced off, and the stock allowed to graze within this prescribed area, bounded by posts and barbed wire. On the Canadian prairies an entirely different system is adopted, which entails much less expense, with greater profit to the rancher, and decidedly more freedom to the cattle, horses, and sheep, who wander placidly grazing for months over the rich grass, pathetically unconscious that - in the case of cattle and - sheep they are qualifying to provide wholesome food for countless families across the seas. In the ranching districts the vast stretch of undulating prairie is common to all settlers live stock for hundreds of miles, with the exception of the various homesteads dotted over it, which must be properly fenced if cultivation of any sort is contemplated. In the case of horses and cattle, they have been known to travel for a hundred miles or more in all directions, seeking food and water for themselves, and are usually gathered in twice a year by the district "round-ups," organized by the ranchers for this purpose, and worked in a thoroughly methodical and business-like manner, which will be described later.
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